Elton John's I'm Still Standing will replace Z-Cars as the music played at Vicarage Road prior to Watford matches "from now on".

Last night the former chairman's top five hit was played instead of the theme from the police drama series as The Hornets took to the field for their game against Arsenal.

Prior to this, an announcement was read over the stadium's public address system that said: "We’re just about ready to welcome the teams and we’ll be doing so from now on to an Elton John song – chosen by Sir Elton himself having been offered the chance by the club – to mark an historic moment in the Hornets’ history.

"So listen out for the distinctive intro, as Z-Cars gives way to an Elton classic."

The club did not confirm whether the change was permanent or temporary.

Z-Cars has been played at Vicarage Road since 1964.